Michael John Nathan

November 30, 1943July 16, 2014

Michael John Nathan; Age 70. Passed away on July 16, 2014; Born on November 30, 1943. Son of Milton and Joan of Berkley, Michigan, brother to DyAnne (Ben) Franklin, Kathy (Bob) Gezycki and Tim Nathan. Husband of 40 years to Linda (Ribant) Nathan, father to Dawn, Sarah (David) Gooch, and Joni (Jarrad) Pellerin.

This “jack of all trades” has been a bartender, ski-lift operator, machinist, technical and graphic illustrator, cab driver, transporter of special needs individuals, and a gifted massage therapist.

He enjoyed cars and the Woodward Cruise, tinkering with cars, dreaming about cars, drawing cars and car parts, fixing cars and helping others fix cars. He also loved his “stint” in the Army of the Confederate States of America when we belonged to a Civil War Re-enactment group. We loved it together, as a family doing primitive camping and living as they did in the 1860’s.

He loved his time as a muzzleloader at Multi-Lakes Conservation club and doing the same at Oakland County Sportsman’s Club. The fun we had at events and fish frys led to great times and great friends.

It is this last occupation as massage therapist that gave him the most satisfaction and fulfillment. He had for years been “rubbing people the right way” and making them feel good and pain free. He finally went to school to do massage and actually get paid for it. It is said that he had healing hands and I have yet to find anyone to disagree. He often helped those in pain and did so free of charge, as he was often happy to just make someone feel better.

It goes without saying that he had a big heart and truly did give a stranger his last five bucks, when he had no idea how he’d pay for HIS gas, the next day. That day, he had given all he had with no concern of himself. There is a memorial service planned for Mr. Nathan at St. Patricks Catholic Church, 9086 Hutchins Street, White Lake Michigan, 48386 on Thursday, July 24th, 2014 at 11:00 am. Please continue to visit this site to share your thoughts and a memory.


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August 11, 2014

Sincerest condolences dear Linda on the loss of your beloved husband, Michael. He has been enrolled in a 15 year Mass enrollment through the association of Marian Helpers. I am so sorry I did not get a chance to attend his funeral. Prayers and thoughts to you during this painful time. Sr. Barbara Marie, Davisburg MI.


July 31, 2014



Amanda Magee

July 24, 2014

I wish I had known... I'm so sorry to have missed saying goodbye. I have no words right now... I loved that dirty bugger. I am so sorry for his family's loss of such a wonderful man. I will very much miss him. -Mandy, one of his Renaissance Festival Massage Therapists.

Margaret Warren

July 24, 2014

Linda,Sarah,& Joni,
I am so sorry I just come home last night from Dallas TX. I so wanted to be there for the Nathan Family. Mike will always be in your heats forever.
Pink Hugs

Charlie Hannert

July 24, 2014

Condolences to the family and friends.
From one of Mike's BHS chums.

Frank Chaffee

July 23, 2014

R.I.P. Mike, I can remember the good ole days we had at BHS with our cars

Frank Chaffee

Lindsey Davis

July 23, 2014

I'll never forget that Uncle Mike was always kind to me. I can't remember ever hearing Uncle Mike yell or get angry whenever I would visit as a kid. I'll never forget the night you let Sarah and me watch Piranha--scared the crap out of me! I'll always cherish seeing you at Joni's wedding.

Dianne Mumper Krupa

July 22, 2014

When I think of special times living in Berkley, Mike was part of them. Couldn't have asked for a better friend. He will be missed!

Penny Moran

July 22, 2014

Mike, you are now at peace with the Lord and are probably telling him how to fix something. As kids there were really some good times, like scaring me with snakes at Aunt Pauls' or rocking the ferris wheel at Bob-Lo, never will ride one again. You will be missed by many. Love and prayers to your family. Love you, Penny

Kathy alas Trigger Gezycki

July 19, 2014

Mike was always there when someone needed help. Usually had a car that seemed to need some work done on it. He loved music was a great dancer he even danced on Club 1270 and use to go to the Walled Lake Casino. I can remember when mom and him would tap dance on the front side walk. I can remember the crazy family vacations we went on. For some of you who didn't know him when he was younger he use to have a beautiful head of hair, I think he gave it all to Joni !!! Fond memories and will miss him. Love,